Bush Athletics is an important aspect of Blazer life for students, past and present. The Bush School Alumnae/i Association is proud to share that the 2016 Cross-Country Team had an outstanding showing at the State Meet in Pasco, WA on November 5. Two of our girls finished 15th and 37th out of hundreds of participants. After winning the Emerald City League Championships and the District Championships, the boys had another excellent performance at the State Meet, coming in third as a team. They brought home the first trophy from a state championship since 2010. Congratulations to all runners and coaches for completing a historic season for The Bush School.
Before the state meet, Ike Everard '18 wrote the following article for The Rambler.
The Bush Blazers Varsity Cross Country Team was the shining jewel in our fall season. They stand out not only for their success, but as a testament to what strong team chemistry can help achieve.
“We are a group of kids who wouldn’t normally hang out, but we are very cohesive [as a team],” says junior runner Ethan Widlansky. “The Team,” as they are known around campus and on their team-issued sweatshirts, certainly show the fruits of such cohesion. Seven Blazer runners placed within the top thirteen at the Emerald City League championships this season. As Ethan says, “The team is super fun, and we gel super well.” The bonding of the team began months before this moment.
Senior captain Tom Fahlman says the summer practices were an opportunity to fantasize about what could be achieved during the season. Through Coach James Batey's ingenious coaching and the open-mindedness of the runners, the performance of the team this season has been nothing short of astounding. Coach Batey knows that under any successful team lies a strong foundation.
In part the result of preseason training, the team’s work ethic has bloomed faster than a runner in the final stretch. Senior Eamon Oldridge said of a recent practice, “It was supposed to be a cooldown day, a recovery day, but kids were still trying to push themselves.” Practices are so exciting that runners who have to make up tests after school sprint to the gym in order be on time.
The state tournament lies ahead. The Team is hopeful and confident. “I don’t want to jinx it,” said Ethan, “but I think we have a real chance to do something special.” The Team will be tested in the upcoming weeks, but if this season has proven anything it is that whatever happens will be embraced with smiles, laughter and cheers.